Graham H (2023) Diary of an SNP First Minister: A Chronopolitics of Proximity and Priorities. Political Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.13331
This article provides a content analysis of Nicola Sturgeon’s First Ministerial diaries in the final two years of her leadership (April 2021–March 2023). As First Minister, to whom and what did she give her time—which issues and interest groups had access? Which didn’t? Or, who and what may be missing? An audience with a national leader can be indicative of priorities and potential for influence—as can its absence. The lens of chronopolitics—the politics of time—is used here to consider twenty-four months of diaries, with 681 entries. Some key social and political issues in Scotland were kept away from the FM’s meetings and delegated to other ministers to oversee, whereas other issues appear to be signature priorities, including climate and the environment, economy and finance, culture, and health and COVID-19.
First Minister; SNP; Nicola Sturgeon; diaries; time; chronopolitics